Family pays tribute to Marcus Tilley, 16, who died when he was hit by a train

Marcus Tilley
Marcus Tilley

The family of a 16-year-old schoolboy killed when he was hit by a train have described his death as ‘shocking and inexplicable’.

British Transport Police confirmed the boy that died on the railway line close to Harrowden Junction in Wellingborough, on Monday, November 4, was Marcus Tilley, from Isham.

BTP and Northamptonshire Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 4.44pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

Medics from East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended, but Marcus was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A file is currently being prepared for the Coroner.

In a short statement issued today through BTP, Marcus’s family said: “We would appreciate peace and quiet to grieve for and remember our beautiful son and brother, Marcus, who has left us all far too soon.

“Marcus had just started sixth form and was a high achiever who was doing well at school. It is both shocking and inexplicable to lose him so suddenly in such circumstances.

“We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of support and goodwill, and to extend our sympathy to all of those who knew Marcus.”

Margret Holman, headteacher of Bishop Stopford School, where Marcus was a student, said in a letter to parents: “It is with great sadness that I report we were informed by authorities last night [Monday, 4 November] of the death of Marcus Tilley, a Year 12 student at Bishop Stopford School.

“We are profoundly shocked by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Marcus’ family and close friends.

“Marcus achieved highly in his GCSEs in the summer and had just begun his A Level studies. He was a popular, hard-working and committed student who will be deeply missed by all of us.

“Support services are being put in place in school for any students and staff who need help at this difficult time.”